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Scholarship Specialist

Employer
State Center Community College District
Location
Reedley
Salary
$59,162.00 - $72,762.00 Annually

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details



Scholarship Specialist

Salary: $59,162.00 - $72,762.00 Annually
Location: Districtwide, CA
Job Type: Permanent
Division: DO District Office
Job Number: 2024040
Closing: 5/31/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

General Purpose

Under general supervision, assists students, parents and the public in applying for scholarships; screens students and provides specialized financial aid, grant and scholarship information, assist­ance and advice to students; receives, reviews and evaluates scholarship applications and forms; determines scholarship awards package and monitors student eligibility; assists with department outreach and events; and performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
  • Coordinates activities associated with the College's various scholarship programs; receives, scans and processes scholarship applications including GPA informa­tion, transcripts from other colleges and letters of recommendation; makes determinations on scholarship awards to students meeting estab­lished criteria; analyzes and processes scholarship applications using online software to determine if students meet state, federal and donor guidelines and criteria; notifies students of awards and coordinates the disbursement of scholarship awards in accordance with established criteria, procedures and guidelines.
  • Explains and assists students with understanding and completing scholarship and financial aid applications; interviews students regarding scholarship requirements.
  • Processes stipends from various departments throughout the year; tracks and monitors individual student scholarship accounts to ensure continued eligibility; takes appropriate follow-up action as necessary.
  • Arranges the logistics for the Scholarship Award Ceremony and other major events; develops and maintains attendee lists and seating arrangements; prepares presentations; develops and produces invitations, programs and publications; contacts vendors for facilities and food orders, supplies and audio-visual equipment; handles other event logistics.
  • Coordinates and participates in scholarship outreach activities, presentations and workshops; main­tains or prepares informational materials including brochures, flyers and pamphlets; updates and maintains department website and social media accounts; works closely with the State Center Community College District Foundation to build and maintain strong relationships with donors.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of historically minoritized groups and participates in professional development activities to increase cultural competency to enhance equity-minded practices within the District.

OTHER DUTIES
  • Provides backup for other department administrative support staff.
  • Interacts with other departments and with state and federal programs on behalf of a student.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Employment Standards / Minimum Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of:
  • Financial aid department services, goals, objectives, policies, procedures and practices.
  • Customer service practices and telephone etiquette.
  • District student recordkeeping practices and procedures for processing student information and interpreting input and output data.
  • District scholarship and financial software applications.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Title IV and other state and federal laws and regula­tions and District rules, policies and procedures governing financial aid and applicable eligibility criteria.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communication including English usage, spelling and punctuation.
  • Standard business software including word processing, spreadsheets and database programs such as Access.

Skills and Abilities to:
  • Communicate complex guidelines, policies and procedures accurately and effectively; understand requests for information or assist­ance; maintain a courteous and tactful manner when under pressure or in an antagonistic situation.
  • Coordinate and implement scholarship outreach activities and special events.
  • Analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and recommend or adopt effective courses of action in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Set priorities and exercise sound judgment within areas of responsibility.
  • Track and report statistical information utilizing complex spreadsheets and databases.
  • Understand, interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain confidentiality of District and student files and records.
  • Effectively engage and support historically minoritized groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Operate a computer and use standard business software.
  • Represent the District effectively one on one and in a variety of group settings.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential student issues and situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
An associate degree in education, finance, accounting, business administration or another related field and one year of student services support work experience, prefer­ably in a foundation or financial aid department; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District's vehicle insurance program.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. Employees are frequently required to walk and to stand for long periods; and to lift up to 25 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands
While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work; work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work with frequent interruptions; work under intensive deadlines; and interact with District managers, staff, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employees work under typical office conditions subject to frequent public contact and interruption; and inter­mittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion.

The employee may be required to travel to locations other than assigned work site and to adjust to work schedule changes and requirements to work overtime.

Assessment Process


APPLICATION REVIEW AND ASSESSMENTSTo move forward in the selection process, you must complete an online application through our web site at http://www.schooljobs.com/careers/scccd. Please attach to your application a copy of your degree or unofficial transcripts (including when degree was awarded) or your application may be considered incomplete. Resumes may also be uploaded but cannot be used in lieu of a completed application.
ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE REVISIONS TO YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS.
When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.
All required documents must be submitted by the applicant. Personnel Commission staff will not upload your documents for you. The State Center Community College District does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.

APPLICATION REVIEW AND ASSESSMENTS
The application review process includes an evaluation of training and experience based on given application information and answers to supplemental questionnaire. Only the most qualified applicants, who pass the minimum qualifications review, will be invited to the assessment process.

The assessment process will also include a competency assessment (50% weight) and an oral interview/ written assessment (50% weight). Of those achieving a passing score on the competency assessment, only the most candidates will be invited to the oral interview assessment. Passing score is 75% out of 100% on each assessment section.

TESTING TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED AS FOLLOW:

COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT: JUNE 06 - 07, 2024

ORAL BOARD ASSESSMENT: JUNE 18, 2024

The assessment process / assessment date is subject to change as needs dictate. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email to the address listed on your application.

ELIGIBILITY LIST
Candidates who attain a passing score on each part of the assessment will be placed in rank order on a Districtwide Open-Competitive List. Using the same process, a separate Districtwide Promotional List will be established and both Lists will be used concurrently. Unless otherwise indicated, the eligibility list will be used to fill current vacancies Districtwide for at least six (6) months. The current vacancy is at Fresno City College.

PASSING THE ASSESSMENTS AND BEING PLACED ON THE ELIGIBILITY LIST DO NOT GUARANTEE AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT

ACCOMMODATIONS
Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the State Center Community College District Personnel Commission Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.

State Center Community College District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of State Center Community College District to provide all persons with equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, religion or similar factors as defined by law. We are a Title V employer.



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Organization

State Center Community College District (SCCCD) was formed in 1964 when it assumed control of Fresno City College and Reedley College. SCCCD serves approximately one million people and 18 unified and high school districts in more than 5,500 square miles of urban and rural territory, including most of Fresno and Madera counties and portions of Kings and Tulare counties. SCCCD is governed by a seven-member board of trustees who represent seven trustee areas. Total district enrollment for the fall semester 2012 is over 34,000 students. SCCCD is a merit system district with over 2,300 faculty and classified staff represented by the California School Employees Association (CSEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The total operating budget for SCCCD in 2012-13 is $168 million. 

Fresno City College, established in 1910, enrolls in excess of 22,000 students and offers more than 100 associate of arts and science degree programs and 60 certificate of achievement programs in vocational/occupational areas. Reedley College, established in 1926, is located in Reedley (approximately 25 miles southeast of Fresno) and enrolls approximately 6,200 students in a variety of courses and degree programs in occupational education and the arts and sciences. SCCCD operates three educational centers with a combined enrollment of approximately 8,300 students. The Willow International, Madera and Oakhurst centers offer programs in general education for transfer and two-year degrees. In addition, the district offers occupational and technical training at its Career and Technology Center and the Training Institute.

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